Animated Short Films : ID Must Watch List
In a nation where entertainment is dominated by big budget mainstream cinema, lot of good content from other formats get missed. We happened to come across the animated short film, Nokpokliba, by chance and decided it is about time we dig and find similar works that deserve to be watched.
Here is our list of must watch animated short films.
1. Nokpokliba- by Meren Imchen (2005)
The short film is based on a Naga folk tale. It tells the story of Nokpokliba (a Naga mystic), who saves his people from an evil merchant. It won the National Award for Best Animation Film in 2006, for relating a beautiful folk tale from Nagaland in lyrical colours and fluid animation.
2. Hopscotch by Malik Sajad (2011)
Showcased in Verite Film Festival (Kashmir) in 2011, the short animated movie ‘Hopscotch’ by cartoonist Malik Sajad tells the story of divided Kashmir.
3. Fisherwomen and the Tuk Tuk by Suresh Eriyat (2015)
Fisherwoman and TukTuk tells the story of a middle aged fisherwoman whose dream is to own an auto.
This animated short film won the National Award for Best Non-Feature Animation Film in 2015. We have a clip from the short film here:
4. Children of The World (2013)
This is a hand drawn animation film, created by Grade V students at Ecole Mondiale World School. Though it is not the work of a professional animator, we believe it is special and deserves a watch!
5. Wilson Periera by Dhaneesh Jameson (2010)
Wilson Periera is set in a small village in Kerala and is the story of the cemetery keeper and his pets. It is made in three languages; narrated in Malayalam, English and Hindi by Mohanlal, Tom Alter and Naseeruddin Shah respectively.
6. Manpsand (The Perfect Match)- by Dhvani Desai (2007)
Dhvani Desai‘s work Sanjhi is interesting, as the short film uses the style of the artform Sanjhi. The film was screened at the 9th Hamburg Children’s Short Film Festival and it also won a Bronze at the 2008 New York Festival’s Film and Video Awards in the ‘Home Video – Children’s Programmes’ category. This film took over two years to make and there were about 42 artists who worked on it.
* Each of these works have been executed at different points of time, and the quality of work will depend on the technology available in that period of time.
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